True frontiers have open borders

This is big news.

Dave Waddell - Kodak Gold 200 - Fuji Klasse

Dave Waddell - Kodak Gold 200 - Fuji Klasse

I am so excited to announce that for the first time ever, we can now scan 35mm C41 film with FULL BORDERS in the Fuji Frontier!

Dave Waddell - Kodak Gold 200 - Fuji Klasse

Dave Waddell - Kodak Gold 200 - Fuji Klasse

Dave Waddell - Kodak Gold 200 - Fuji Klasse

Dave Waddell - Kodak Gold 200 - Fuji Klasse

Using a custom made, 3D printed film holder, we are now able to scan all the way out beyond the image area in a Fuji auto carrier. You get the same incredible Fuji color, plus the sexy borders you’ve all been asking for. I’ve been doing some testing of this new holder all week and the scans are beyond my expectations. Personally I will be scanning all my own 35mm this way.

It’s not just color film that benefits from this either, we can run 35mm B&W film through the same holder, vastly speeding up our ability to scan with borders.

Because of this new development, I’m about to do what labs basically never do. LOWER PRICES!

Yeah dudes. I price things based on the actual work that goes into them. I.E. we have to do separate runs for various push levels, hence the modest price increase. I had to use a special scanner, which was hand fed frame by frame to scan B&W with borders before now. Using the Fuji auto carrier, it’s much faster. Less work for me, less $ for you.

I’m reducing the cost of open border scanning to +$3 per roll.

I want to see people realize the full potential of their 35mm film.

Mark Sperry - Ilford FP4+ - Nikon L35AF

Mark Sperry - Ilford FP4+ - Nikon L35AF

Why borders?

Just as an explainer, scanning your film beyond the image area is a practice that goes back to the darkroom years. Photographers would often file out their enlarger film carriers to include the blank edge of the film. Henri Cartier Bresson was famous for this, claiming that he did all his compositions completely in camera, never resorting to cropping. Photographers have long felt that nailing your composition in camera is a badge of honor in some ways. (I do not share this feeling)

Practically a film edge focuses the eye inside your frame. It reminds viewers that the photograph is a tight window into a specific moment. Visually it can help if, lets say, your sky detail is as white as paper base. Without a border this would make a poor print, but with the border this is less bothersome.

Mark Sperry - Ilford FP4+ - Nikon L35AF

Mark Sperry - Ilford FP4+ - Nikon L35AF

Details

The pixel resolution of these scans are the same as their Pro and Simple Scan counterparts. They come out of the Frontier with a messy border, so you may wish to crop these areas out. There is also some outside the frame, which I recommend you delete in PS or sample in the black border color.

For C41 this is ONLY available in 35mm. We can do borders with C41 120 film, but only for single frame scans. B&W film has simpler conversions so we still do full rolls with borders for all formats.

We cannot scan out to the sprocket holes.

When can I order up some borders?

Right flippin’ now!